My name is Charlotte and I live in the Pacific Northwest.  In 2006, my husband Marcel and I moved to Seattle, then to Portland in 2007 from Denver, Colorado. We enjoy living in Oregon and hope to make it our home for many years to come with our dog Mulder who is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever / Korean Jindo mix. We also love to travel and chronicle our adventures on www.cosmicadventure.com.

I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and have lived in the States for about twelve years now. I love my life here but always look forward to my next visit to my hometown. The islands are beautiful, the people are friendly, and seeing family as well as old friends are always worth the trip.

I have a day job as an Engineer in the corporate world but always have a handful of projects going on at the same time.

I am a budding food and lifestyle writer who maintains two blogs. www.javafoto.com and www.purpleyamhill.com (less frequently updated)
Also an amateur photographer, I love taking images of food and people.

My work has been featured in:

Rasa Malaysia
Boots N’ All
Green Crop Circles

I’ve always loved food so you will see a lot of food-related posts here. It is more than just nourishment for me. It brings family, friends, and communities  together. Whether it is for lunch or dinner, the farmers market or produce sharing, food enhances our lifestyle. I always strive for the best quality ingredients available because I believe that’s where good food starts. We do not eat 100% organic but support the practice and try to make it reasonable by being a member of a CSA, buying “generic” organic brand names, shopping at local farmers’ markets, and most of all growing our own. Marcel and I have traveled to many different countries and truly appreciate a wide variety of flavors on our plates but like Mediterranean, Hispanic, and Asian food the most. I also have a fascination with artisan bakeries :-)

JavaFoto was the name of my photography “business” back in Denver. I was working with a coffee shop to display my pictures but they soon went out of business. I too, have moved on to other things but the name lives on and my love of photography is very much alive. Disclaimer: This does not mean I take “good” pictures but I am learning and improving. Most images on the site were taken by either myself or Marcel unless otherwise noted. Our photography equipment includes:

Current Gadgets:
Nikon D90
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 18-105mm
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
Canon G12
Blackberry / Nokia E72

Retired and Re-sold but photos appeared on this site:
Canon S70
Nikon D70
Nikon D40

If you want to learn more about photography, visit these sites:

Photography Tips by White on Rice Couple

Our Approach to Food Photos by Smitten Kitchen

Still Life With Lara Ferroni

Please feel free to comment on any post or e-mail me: charlotte at javafoto dot com.


-Updated on 01/30/2011-

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Mike December 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Hey Charlotte,
This is Mike & Jacquie… we wanted to say Merry Christmas and thanks for the Holiday Card! Did you design the card? Nice layout and color scheme!

We hope you two have a great Christmas!
Give me a shout sometime… I’d like to talk to you about C ++
Cheers, Mike

joey February 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog :) Always nice to “meet” another Filipina blogger interested in food (and travel and photography)!

Paolo Dizon November 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hey Charlotte, funny thing. I did a google search for pancit bihon recipe only to click on the FIRST link where it happens to be your recipe! I hope this message finds you doing well. I can’t write more being at work but will bookmark this site to check it out more when I have time.

Best regards from Denver.

God bless!!

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